Pilates Tips from the Pros

  • Interview with Marie-José Blom

    Marie-José Blom is an amazing teacher of teachers with a wide scope of experience. She is the creator of the SmartSpine™ line of products as well as the Stability Sling System. Her first online workshop is live at FusionFitnessOnline right now (and now offers 5 PMA CECs!). We had the opportunity to interview her as […]…

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  • Toning the Glutes: Pilates Bridging Exercises

    It’s time to firm, tone, and sculpt the gluteal muscles! Most of us have some (or many) complaints about our tush. It seems most of us think our bottoms are too big or not big enough — and no matter what the complaint, most of us are looking for it to be a bit more […]…

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  • Foam Roller

    You can purchase a Foam Roller here. For all its simplicity, the Foam Roller is a very versatile and effective piece of exercise equipment. The Foam Roller is a four foot long foam tube with a diameter of about six inches, and it has so many varied uses that you can take a whole class […]…

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  • Shoulder Stability & Mobility

    Learning to focus on and work the shoulder area successfully can make a world of difference in how you look, feel, and perform. The shoulder area is one of the most anatomically complex areas of the body and is prone to injury and dysfunction. It is also an area that we often neglect to take […]…

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  • Decompression of the Pelvic Organs on All Fours

    Learn how to creatively cue the core structure on all fours. Through the breath, learn how to hug and lift the viscera and myofascia into and up the spine. This draws the leg bones deeper into the pelvis and immediately turns on the core. This is done by immense focus on hearing and integrating the […]…

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  • Stability Ball Exercises: Targeting Chest, Back, & Arm Strength

    You can purchase a Stability Ball here. A prop inserted into the classical Pilates mat work can really give you an extra challenge or sometimes a bit of an assist as we saw in our Magic Circle posts. This entry introduces another prop, the stability ball. Unlike the Magic Circle this is not a prop […]…

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  • How to Retain Your Clients

    To be a talented, skilled Pilates instructor is only 25% of being successful. The other 75% is how well you do with relating to others, teaching to people’s different learning abilities, and running a smooth, professional business. It is important in your private sessions and even in your group classes that you try to cue […]…

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  • Strengthening & Stretching the Inner Thighs with the Magic Circle

    One of Joseph Pilates’ many inventions was the Magic Circle. The first Magic Circle is said to have been made from the ring on a keg. This isn’t hard to believe, because Pilates was also known for his love of ale. Because the Magic Circle is small, light, and portable, it has become very popular […]…

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  • Ron Fletcher: A Short History of a Movement Visionary

    As many of you know, we lost Pilates Elder Ron Fletcher in 2011. Although he’s gone, his creative and inspired work lives on through his method called Fletcher Pilates. He was a wonderful man and teacher and a beautiful storyteller. I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Ron early in my career. He […]…

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  • Fusion Hits the Road!

    One of our most important missions here at FFO is to foster a community of Pilates Professionals who can use this site as a place to share ideas and information. With that in mind — the FusionMobile is hitting the road!   We would love to stop by your studio to say hi, do a […]…

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  • Fascial Tensioning & Lengthening in Pregnancy Workshop is LIVE!

    We’re proud to announce the launch of our first Pre & Post Natal online workshop, Fascial Tensioning & Lengthening in Pregnancy! Please take advantage of the special intro price of only $19 using the promo code FascialPregSpecial at checkout. By using all the Pilates apparatus, in combination with the Sling system we will explore how […]…

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  • Pilates and Rotation, Part 2: Classical Exercise Challenge

    When rotating our torsos, most of us find that we must retract the shoulders and/or shift our hips in order to turn our bodies. Moving in this way prevents us from accessing the many joints in our spine. Each vertebra has one joint on each side. There are seven cervical vertebrae (twelve thoracic and five […]…

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  • Overball for Pelvic Clocking

    The overball is a wonderful prop because it elevates and highlights the subtleties of pelvic movement. Before we can cue our clients to optimal alignment, we must first teach them how and why their pelvis moves at all. That knowledge then can be used as a powerful tool to change the body, and it is […]…

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  • Spine Stretch in the Reformer Well

    This has to be one of our favorite ways to teach the segmental articulation of the spine! Not only is this an incredibly supported posture to work in, but it just feels so wonderful. From the gentle pull of the springs to the contrast that it creates, it allows the clients to slow down and […]…

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  • Applying for a Job, Part 2: Resume & Reference Letters

    So you’ve visited the studio or studios where you think you might be interested in applying. You like the vibe. You like the people. Now it’s time to deliver a resume and reference materials. Personally, my eyes glaze over whenever I look at a resume. I can’t speak for all studio owners, but most of […]…

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  • Footwork

    One of the beautiful traits of the reformer is the limitless options it provides you and your clients. The springs play a huge part in this adaptable machine as they allows you to adjust tension and challenge the client as needed, even in the simplest exercises. The contrast between heavy and light springs is valuable […]…

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  • Pilates Dork Tee Shirts are Here!

    Oh, man, these shirts are awesome. Get yours for only $20 HERE!     …

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  • Fingertip Abdominals

    “Core work” has become a worldwide workout tagline. And although most people know they need it, few really know what “it” is, or how to achieve it. This quick and easy explanation of how the transverse abdominals work, along with very direct hands-on cueing, starts to unveil what it truly feels like to be connected […]…

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  • Osteoporosis: Single Leg Work on the Cadillac with a Stability Ball

    Coming up with variations and modifications for clients of special populations is an important part of being a successful Pilates instructor. With osteoporosis clients, and their need for limited spinal flexion, you need to think of ways to work the internal and external obliques in a nontraditional way. This exercise speaks to this need and […]…

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  • Supine Leg Slide

    Watch this video to learn how to read the body during movement. This exercise involves a very simple slide of the leg out and back in. Listen to the creative cueing to help the client stabilize the pelvis and spine as she moves her leg. Often, clients need very subtle cues to bring them into […]…

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